The Israeli Army issued this Friday widespread evacuation orders for around one million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip towards the south of the besieged territory, an unprecedented order that applies to almost half of the population, anticipating an imminent land invasion against the Hamas terrorist group.
Additionally, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have carried out several airstrikes against terrorist targets in Gaza since last weekend, when Hamas fighters broke into the south of the country and They massacred about 1,400 people, including children at home and young people at a music festival. The militants of the Palestinian Islamist movement captured about 150 people and forcibly took them to Gaza.
The Israeli evacuation order, which includes Gaza City, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians reside, caused widespread panic among civilians and first responders who escape Israel’s air raids and face a total siege and blackout throughout the territory.
To clarify the situation, a statement released by the Ministry of Communication and the Ministry of the Interior and National Security of Israel described How its Operational Policy in Gaza is developed.
The text clarified that IDF is trying to mitigate civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and to this end encourage the civilian population to evacuate by providing pre-attack warnings to the terrorist target, when operational circumstances permit.
He also warned that As Israel continues to warn ahead of attacks, Palestinian Ministry of Interior and National Security calls on civilians to ignore explicit IDF warnings, “thus cynically using its own civilian population as human shields and setting the stage for their propaganda.”
“The IDF is fully aware of the presence of foreign nationals working in the area and we are doing everything possible to minimize the risks to their security,” the official statement stated.
Hamas, which carried out a brutal attack on Israel days ago and has since fired thousands of rocketsmaintains that Israeli warnings before the attacks are a deceptive tactic and urged the population not to pay attention to such messages and stay in their homes.
This Friday, the Palestinian terrorist group stated that Israeli attacks killed 13 of the 130 hostages it captured last Saturday during its ground incursion into Israeli communities bordering the Strip and added that among those dead were foreigners, but did not reveal their nationalities. .
Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, an Israeli military spokesman, denied that claim: “We have our own information and we do not believe Hamas’ lies,” he told the Arabic station Al Jazeera.
On the other hand, Israel announced Thursday that it will not allow supplies into Gaza until Hamas releases the hostages.
(With information from AP)